Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a man was shot in a hail of bullets from a machine gun in Newham.

A 31-year-old man was taken to an east London hospital suffering gunshot injuries where he remains in a critical condition.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the shooting, in Plaistow late on Thursday night.

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Gang crime officers believe more than a dozen shots were fired from the automatic weapon and have updated their appeal. They now believe two male suspects were involved. Originally the description of an Asian man was issued but has now been withdrawn as incorrect but police are not issuing descriptions of the two suspects.

Det Insp Glenn Butler said: “I need to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Plaistow area on Thursday night, or from anyone who has information about the shooting.

Breatrice Close, E13

“Shootings on the streets of London are rare, and the use of automatic weapons even more so. It is therefore all the more important that anyone with information calls me as soon as possible.”

Trident is currently running Operation Viper, an operation tackling gun crime with a focus on areas with the highest levels of firearms discharges. Newham is a priority borough for Viper, along with Tower Hamlets.

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Under Operation Viper officers target known firearms offenders, make arrests, execute search warrants and assist borough colleagues in educating young people about the dangers of carrying firearms.

Since the operation was launched at the end of May, Viper units deployed to priority boroughs have made 22 arrests. In that time 24 guns have been taken off London’s streets, with eight of those down to the Viper teams.

There has been no arrest in connection with the shooting in Beatrice Close. Inquires continue.

Anyone with information should call Trident officers via 101. To remain anonymous call Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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